The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones……A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
— John Maynard Keynes
This article will serve – as the title implies – to introduce to us several pieces of information or ideas. We will not have a specific topic or a specific order of topics, but simply a list of items that are hopefully of some interest. These items might hopefully serve the purpose of whetting our appetites that we will be compelled to go in search of the numerous bits of biblical treasures and intriguing information which is normally glossed over when we simply read the scriptures. The items below represent only a minor sampling of the available bits of what we could call somewhat esoteric information. As we study deeper and deeper into the scriptures of the Holy Bible, we are blessed with greater insights into the true teachings of the God of Israel. Let’s never stop SEEKING more tidbits of information.
From Barbara Richmond’s book “Jewish Insights into the New Testament,” we can read that in the first century Jewish community there was an interesting practice for guests at a meal. If the guest felt that the meal was good and the hospitality was welcoming, then after finishing the meal, the napkin which was used by the guest was left rumpled beside the guests place at the meal. This was a sign that the guest was pleased and thankful for the hospitality and the treatment received. For those occasions when the meal might have been very substandard or when the guest may have felt insulted or may have felt that he or she was treated with some disrespect, then the response would be to neatly fold the napkin and leave it in place. With that bit of information, let’s read the following passage and draw our own conclusion as to the significance of one of the details mentioned.
John 20:1-9 – But, on the first day of the week, Mary the Magdalene, cometh early, while it is yet, dark, unto the tomb,––and beholdeth the stone, already taken away out of the tomb. She runneth, therefore, and cometh unto Simon Peter, and unto the other disciple whom Jesus dearly loved, and saith unto them––They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter, therefore, went out, and the other disciple,––and they were going unto the tomb; and the two were running together, and, the other disciple, outran Peter, and came first unto the tomb; and, stooping aside, beholdeth, lying, the linen–bandages, nevertheless, he entered not. So Simon Peter also cometh, following him, and entered into the tomb, and vieweth the linen–bandages lying,–– and the napkin, which was upon his head, not, with the linen–bandages, lying, but apart, FOLDED up into one place. Then, entered, therefore, the other disciple also, who had come first unto the tomb, and he saw and believed. For, not yet, knew they the Scripture, that he must needs, from among the dead, arise.
Is the fact that Jesus FOLDED the napkin apart from the other linens an intimation that he felt insulted by the treatment he received? At least some Jewish historians who have become Christians and have studied this passage think that the mention of the folded napkin is telling.
Some trained theologians have become convinced by some of the strong scriptural evidence in the Old Testament (such as 2 Samuel 21:15-22) and by Jewish tradition that Goliath, the giant who was slain by King David, had four brothers. It is interesting to note that when David went to find the ammunition for his slingshot he selected FIVE smooth stones. Was he thinking that he would have to face the four brothers after killing Goliath?
Most of us have heard about and are aware of the “Bible Code” which is based upon equal distant letters in the original text of the Torah. If we have read the Holy Bible, we are also probably aware that the number seven pops up a high number of times in scripture. It is also a fact that in studying the codes or the underlying text, both the number seven and multiples of the number seven (14, 21, 49, 70 etc.) are quite prevalent. There is enough such information involved with just this number seven and its multiples lying below the surface of the original Biblical texts that mathematically it becomes absurd to think that it is there by chance. In fact, it becomes so mathematically out of proportion with just this one item (the seven’s) that based simply on chance an honest person would have to conclude that the Holy Bible is of divine origin. Aside from just the heptadic codes there is of course much other coded information in the original text of the Holy Bible. For our purposes here we will discuss one small but intriguing example of coded information.
The first five books of the Holy Bible are the Torah. According to the tradition of many, the Torah is thought to have been written by the hand of God and given to Moses. Whether God actually wrote the Torah or Moses wrote it, it is in either circumstance filled with information from God. In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, we find an interesting coincidence. Beginning with the first Hebrew letter, and then skipping at intervals of 49 letters (7x7=49), we find the word Torah spelled out. Interesting, but not breathtaking we think; it could be simply a coincidence. But then we discover that the next book of the Torah, Exodus, exhibits the exact same code – Torah is spelled from the beginning of the book at intervals of 49 letters. This then becomes a little more attention grabbing. This particular code is absent from the next book which is Leviticus, but it shows itself again in Numbers, except in Numbers the word Torah is spelled backwards from the beginning of the book at intervals of 49 letters. When we go on to the book of Deuteronomy we find that it repeats the code in Numbers – the word Torah is spelled backwards from the beginning of the book at intervals of 49 letters. This has now become much more than coincidence. The odds against this happening by chance are staggering. But what about Leviticus, the middle book of the Torah? In Leviticus we find a different code. From the beginning of Leviticus we find YHWH, the name of God spelled at interval of 7 letters! Thus we have YHWH in the middle book, the front two books spelling Torah towards YHWH in the middle, and the last two books spelling Torah BACKWARDS towards YHWH in the middle! Can we conclude that YHWH has left his coded signature within the pages of the Torah? This signature is one of the more minor finds which have resulted from those who study the hidden codes. Though there are some who publish questionable data concerning such codes and thus have caused the idea to become controversial, there yet remain many hidden messages such as the above which cannot be explained away by coincidence.
Judges 16:21 – But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
We’ve all heard the story of Samson. We’ve all heard about his eyes being put out and about how he was made to grind. Most of us have pictured Samson grinding grain at a mill wheel. We’ve probably even seen this portrayed in a movie or two. What we may never have suspected is that this may be an inaccurate portrayal of what type of labor was forced upon Samson. The Philistines knew of Samson’s physical supernatural strength and of his status as a superhero in Israel. Perhaps they may have wanted to practice a little genetics within their own people using a human of superpowers. We find that one of the meanings of the Hebrew word translated into English as grind is that of a “sexual partner.” Thus it is highly probable that in an effort to produce Philistines with super strength, Samson was used in an attempt to impregnate young Philistine women as opposed to being used to simply grind corn!
Joshua 6:22 – 25 – But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
We know of Rahab the harlot and of the aid which she gave to the house of Israel during the battle of Jericho. What most of us do not know is that it could be that Rahab has gotten a very bad rap for the last few millennia. Some experts believe that the word which was translated from Hebrew to the English word harlot is perhaps incorrect. There is evidence that the word simply meant “Innkeeper.” The Hebrew word came from a primitive root which meant “highly-fed.” Though this is not certain, it does seem plausible since Rahab was able to save her whole family (her father, and her mother, her brethren, and all her kindred). Though it’s not a universal law, it’s certainly not the norm to find a harlot living with her family. We may all have to apologize to her someday.
Let’s notice one of the parables in Matthew 13. The parable of the mustard seed is one that most of us have heard and we have probably assumed that we recognize the meaning – but do we really? Some of Jesus’ parables were explained to the Apostles, but this one was not, or at least the explanation was not recorded. Let’s read the parable.
Matthew 13:31-32 – Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
We might think on immediate glance that this parable is simply telling us that the Kingdom of Heaven will grow large. But since it contains the statement “when it is grown,” we might need to question whether this is truly the intended meaning because the Kingdom will never be grown. We know that Isaiah has told us that “Of the increase of his government (or Kingdom) and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:7) Thus we know that the Kingdom of Heaven is to increase forever. Let’s back up now and ask ourselves a few questions about this parable. What do the birds represent? In what manner does this strange mustard plant represent the Kingdom of Heaven? Since we do not have Jesus’ interpretation of this parable, we cannot be certain of our answers, but let’s consider some ideas. Let’s note that there was a previous parable in the same chapter which was explained to the Apostles and which also contained birds. How were the birds in the previous parable defined or explained?
Matthew 13:4 – And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up……
(and then Jesus’ explanation of the fowls)
Matthew 13:19 – When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Were we not told in this previous parable that the birds represented the wicked one? Or perhaps his ministers? Is it too big a jump to suppose that just perhaps the birds in the mustard seed parable which shortly followed also represent ministers of Satan? And what about the mustard plant that became a tree so large that the birds (ministers of Satan?) came and lodged in its branches? Mustard plants, as we know them, do not get that large and they certainly do not become a tree! So what we evidently have is something unnatural and overgrown that houses the ministers of Satan. Since God’s church was to be a little flock, and since the professing Christians of the Catholic and Protestant Churches represent hundreds of millions of people, is it too far of a stretch to suppose that the mustard plant might represent the “church” or the professing Christian world of today. This supposition would of course mean that these churches (the mustard plant?) play host to many ministers (birds of the air?) who, knowingly or unknowingly, are truly representing Satan! This idea is far from definitive, but it is surely worthy of our consideration.
Let’s now consider another parable. Let’s read the parable of the virgins in the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 25:1-13 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
This parable refers to the time of the rapture, or of the harpazo, or of the snatching away, since it says that “ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” We see that we are told that of ten virgins, five of them – HALF OF THEM will be turned away! They were turned away because they were not prepared with enough oil. Our two questions have to be: “Who are the virgins?” And, “What does the oil represent?” Since in the parable the virgins are going to meet the bridegroom, we can probably safely assume that the Bridegroom represents Jesus the Christ, and the virgins thus represent the church. They are ALL virgins, and thus all must be professing Christians, but ONE HALF of then will be turned away! Will one-half of the Christian world be turned away by the returning Jesus? It would seem so. If they were turned away because they lacked oil for their lamps, we need to know what the oil represents. These virgins used the oil for light. Indeed, for use in a lamp, oil’s only purpose could be for light. What do we know about light?
I John 1:5-7 – This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
From this scripture in the Gospel of John, we are plainly told that God is light. Would it be too much of a stretch for us to assume that the oil in the parable above which is used only for light, might indicate to us that the five foolish virgins who had not taken the opportunity to utilize a proper use of oil – or light – in their lives represent those professing Christians who could use more oil, or light, or more true worship of God in this present life. We should be very careful not to slumber or sleep spiritually. We should be constantly in possession of ample oil, or light, or knowledge of God. We should be constantly aware of the possible arrival of the Bridegroom.
The Eastern Gate:
The main entrance to the temple during the time Jesus walked the Earth was by the Eastern Gate. Early Christian tradition developed that the returning Messiah would walk through this same gate. Because of this tradition, the gate was sealed by the Moslem leader Saladin in 1187 A.D. The gate remains sealed to this day. There was an intriguing event during the Six Day War in 1967. There were members of an Israeli commando group who wanted to stage a surprise attack on the Jordanians by blowing the seal of the Eastern Gate. One of the groups’ members, the leader, was an Orthodox Jew who was intense in his passion that the gate not be blown because it was his position that “the Eastern Gate can be opened only when the Messiah comes.” Both the Christian and Jewish traditions concerning this gate are founded upon Ezekiel’s prophecy and vision of God’s glory entering the millennial temple from the east.
Ezekiel 44:1-3 – Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
There are many things which are inaccurately attributed to the Holy Bible. Here are a couple of examples. The Holy Bible does not say, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” Another example is the false idea believed by many that the Holy Bible says that “it is better to plant your seeds in the belly of a whore than to let them fall on the ground.” This statement is not found in scripture. Conversely and unbeknownst to most, the Holy Bible does say to eat, drink, and be merry!
Ecclesiastes 8:15 – Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
THE SCEPTRE PROPHECY
Moses prophesied that the “sceptre” or right of sovereign rule would not leave the tribe of Judah until the coming of the Messiah. The Romans removed any right of rulership from the Jews in the first century after the birth of Jesus. The Jewish community failed to see the significance of this event. I have also read that it is documented in Jewish history that the servant candle on the temple menorah would not light from the time of Jesus’ crucifixion until the destruction of the temple almost forty years later. IF that is true, it is certainly interesting as to how this sign was ignored by the Jewish leadership.
Genesis 49:10 – The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
How many of us have ever wondered why church buildings have steeples? Do we know where that practice originated? It is certainly easy to conclude that such an idea is not biblical. Do we know why church buildings often have arched doors and windows? Do we need these items so that the building can be recognized as a church? Why, we might ask? Where did these traditions originate? They are in no way biblical. Do we know why some professing Christians wear crosses around their neck? Where did the tradition of wearing toy crosses originate? This practice of wearing miniature crosses is certainly not biblical.
Let’s pause now to ask ourselves a personal question. If our father or mother or brother or sister or son or daughter were murdered with a Bowie knife, or pistol, or hangman’s noose, or guillotine, or electric chair, or a cross, would we then wear a miniature Bowie knife, or pistol, or hangman’s noose, or guillotine, or electric chair, or a cross around our neck? Would we think that this practice would somehow honor our murdered loved one? Would we not be more likely to shun the very thought of wearing such a horrible symbol that represented the hideous death of someone we loved?
For the truly concerned soul, the truth to the questions we asked above concerning steeples, and arched windows, and the wearing of crosses can be slightly frightening. Here is the apparently true origin of these practices: Nimrod was the builder of the original Babylon and the founder of the Babylonian religious system around 4000 years ago (2000 years PRIOR to Jesus the Christ). A part of this religious system was the worship of the phallus. The phallus was often represented by obelisks. The obelisks were erected in a vertical position to point to the sun which was also worshiped. Doors and windows were often narrow and tall with an arched top to represent the phallus. Steeples are a carryover and are essentially a modern day version of these early religious obelisks or phallic symbols. But what about the crosses worn around people’s necks, we then ask? Well, Nimrod’s wife had an illegitimate son named Tammuz. The alphabet in use in Babylon at that time utilized a symbol practically identical to our lower case “t” for the first letter of Tammuz. The mother of Tammuz set him up (falsely) as the savior of the world, and his followers paid homage to this letter “t” which is the same as the modern day “cross” symbol.
And for what it’s worth, the mother of this false “savior” whose name was Semiramis also originated the worship of the “mother” or mother/child (infant child). Some professing Christians, to this day, pray to this “mother” symbol just as people did 4000 years ago. Though we may be convinced that Mary the mother of Jesus was almost certainly one of the most righteous persons who ever lived, we can find absolutely nothing biblical about the idea of praying to or worshiping Mary. Additionally, the 4000 year old practice of a mid-winter holiday with a decorated tree, and the springtime worship of a rising sun (Easter named after the goddess Ashtar or Astarte) both came from the original Babylonian religion. Yes, it’s true, both Christmas and Easter celebrations were happening events 2000 years before Jesus walked through the Holy Land.
The above practices and traditions are pagan to the core and are 4000 years old. This “secret” information is fairly well documented for anyone who cares to research for the truth.
Rome reserved crucifixion primarily for political crimes and discontinued the practice in the 4th century. Historians learned considerably more about its specifics in 1968, when the remains of a man crucified at age 26 were discovered north of Jerusalem with a 7-inch iron nail still embedded in the bone. The state of the skeleton indicated that the condemned man's arms had been outstretched and his feet had been placed sideways, with the nail driven first through a small block of wood and then through both ankles into the cross. Later the wood block would prevent the feet from coming free as the wound ripped and enlarged. Contrary to most representations, the knees were bent.
According to Dr. Chuck Missler, there is an intriguing bit of information in Genesis 5 involving a hidden code. The meanings of the original Hebrew names prove to be quite interesting when taken as a group. From Dr. Missler’s website we find the following:
“Since the ten Hebrew names are proper names, they are not translated but only transliterated to approximate the way they were pronounced. The meaning of proper names can be a difficult pursuit since direct translations are not readily available. Many study aids, such as conventional lexicons, can prove superficial when dealing with proper names. Even a conventional Hebrew lexicon can prove disappointing. A study of the original roots, however, can yield some fascinating insights. (It should be recognized, however, that the views concerning the meaning and significance of the original roots are not free of controversy and are subject to variant readings.)
The first name, Adam, comes from adomah, and means "man." As the first man, that seems straightforward enough.
Adam's son was named Seth, which means "appointed." When he was born Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."
Seth's son was called Enosh, which means "mortal," "frail," or "miserable." It is from the root anash: to be incurable; used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness. (It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.)
Enosh's son was named Kenan, from which can mean "sorrow," dirge," or "elegy." (The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids unfortunately presume an Aramaic root synonymous with "Cainan.") Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab, employed a pun upon the name of the Kenites when he prophesied their destruction.
Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from mahalal, which means "blessed" or "praise"; and El, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means "the Blessed God." Often Hebrew names included El, the name of God, as Dani-el, "God is my Judge," Nathani-el, "Gift of God," etc.
Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning "shall come down." Some authorities suggest that this might have been an allusion to the "Sons of God" who "came down" to corrupt the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim ("Fallen Ones") of Genesis 6.
Jared's son was named Enoch, which means "teaching," or "commencement." He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ.
The Flood of Noah did not come as a surprise. It had been preached on for four generations. But something strange happened when Enoch was 65, from which time "he walked with God." Enoch was given a prophecy that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be sent forth. Enoch named his son to reflect this prophecy. The name Methuselah comes from two roots: muth, a root that means "death" ; and from shalach, which means "to bring," or "to send forth." Thus, the name Methuselah signifies, "his death shall bring." And, indeed, in the year that Methuselah died, the flood came. Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech, and lived 782 years more. Lamech had Noah when he was 182. The Flood came in Noah's 600th year. 187 + 182 + 600 = 969, Methuselah's age when he died. It is interesting that Methuselah's life was, in effect, a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood. It is therefore fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, symbolizing the extreme extensiveness of God's mercy.
Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, "lament" or "lamentation." Lamech suggests "despairing." (This name is also linked to the Lamech in Cain's line who inadvertently killed his son Tubal-Cain in a hunting incident.)
Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nacham, "to bring relief" or "comfort," as Lamech himself explains.
Now let's put it all together:
|Mahalalel||The Blessed God|
|Jared||Shall come down|
|Methuselah||His death shall bring|
|Noah||Rest, or comfort|
Here is a summary of God's plan of redemption, hidden here within a genealogy in Genesis! You will never convince me that a group of Jewish rabbis deliberately "contrived" to hide the "Christian Gospel" right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah!
Evidences of Design
The implications of this discovery are far more deeply significant than may be evident at first glance. It demonstrates that in the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is the beginning of a love story, ultimately written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.
This is also one of many evidences that the Bible is an integrated message system, the product of supernatural engineering. This punctures the presumptions of many who view the Bible as a record of an evolving cultural tradition, noble though it may be. It claims to be authored by the One who alone knows the end from the beginning, despite the fact that it is composed of 66 separate books, penned by some 40 authors, spanning several thousand years.”
If we then put this information into sentence form, we have: “Man was appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing comfort!”
It’s quite easy to do a study on angels in the Holy Bible. If we pay attention as we do such a study, we soon discover that angels are not cherubic – at least not as we think of the word today. Angels are never described as a winged child or as an innocent-looking chubby and rosy individual. The word angel simply means messenger. Angels are God’s messengers. Though they sometimes do have, they typically do not have wings. They sometimes appear as humans, though they never appear in a feminine body. When they do not appear as humans, angels are apparently fierce looking since they often have to tell humans to “fear not.” Angels can appear in many forms and are therefore most likely what we might call shape shifters. Angels can communicate to us through our dreams if they desire. Angels can be very powerful warriors, killing thousands of humans in a short time. Angels can appear and disappear at will. Angels can be seen by animals when not seen by humans. Angels can sing. Angels have varying degrees of power and authority. Angels are at war with other angels. Angels can control or at least manipulate the weather. Since angels are typically terse, all business, get the job done and get out, they must not like it in this physical realm. At some point in the future we are to judge the angels.
I Corinthians 6:3 – Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
ISAIAH 64:6 – But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
The translators of the Hebrew tried to protect us from the crudeness of the above scripture. What we read as “filthy rags” would be much more accurate if translated as “used menstrual cloths.”
There is a very special passage in the Holy Bible which is not often quoted by many Christians. It provides a bit of information from the book of the prophet Malachi. From Malachi we learn that the God, the Creator, and the Healer of the entire universe keeps a diary of sorts. Or we might call it a record book. In His record book he lists an entry for every single occasion when we even THINK about Him or His name. Since he has many names it is not a challenge for us to think upon His name.
Malachi 3:16-17 – Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Perhaps we should spend an abundance of time with the ANCIENT OF DAYS being on our consciousness.
The last record of anyone having seen Jesus was the first chapter of the Book of Revelation. John the Apostle saw his friend Jesus whom he had apparently not seen for sixty years. When John saw Jesus he was in the midst of seven lamp stands. Though the King James uses the word candlesticks, practically all experts agree that the meaning of the word is lamp stands. Some translations use the word lamp stand in their translations, and at least one version translates the word as menorah. Evidently, Jesus was walking among the oil burning lamps of a menorah, or perhaps seven menorahs. Most Christians today think of a menorah as being a very Jewish thing. But sixty years after his death and resurrection here was Jesus walking among lamp stands or menorahs. And more than that, Jesus even identified the lamp stands as representing seven churches! Apparently Jesus was still a very Jewish Christian.
Revelation 1:12-13, 20 – And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man…… the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
We can know what our appearance will be like when we become spirit beings. In I John, the Apostle John tells us that we are to be like Jesus. In Revelation John describes Jesus in his spiritual appearance. He has a voice like a trumpet and can sound like “many waters.” He has eyes that appear as fire and a face that shines as the sun. He has very curly white hair like a lamb. His feet had the appearance of glowing brass. In the Kingdom of God, as His servants, we are to have a similar appearance.
1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Revelation 1:10, 14-15 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet……..His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Revelation is the ONLY book in the Holy Bible which promises us a blessing simply for reading it!
Revelation 1:3 – Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.